LISTEN: Local heroes honoured at awards
"THERE is no doubt that the events that unfolded in 2013 were the ones that I remember the most. They were quite horrific for the people in the Wide Bay/ Burnett area. It was a very long and extreme sort of an event to be involved in."
Bundaberg Police senior sergeant Grant Marcus recently spoke to the NewsMail about his role during the 2013 flood crisis that devastated the region.
As disaster management support officer, snr sgt Marcus said he had seen many harrowing things, especially during the flood.
Recently, the police officer's leadership and heroic work during this event and many more was recognised at the Brian Prince Awards held at the Bundaberg RSL Club.
"I feel quite honoured and humbled by it all," he said.
"I am just one person in a large team of very good people. People that I work with both in the Queensland Police Service but also in other agencies within the community."
The event, now in its third year, is organised by The Rotary Club of Bundaberg East and highlights the work of police officers, firefighters and paramedics in the local community.
Other award recipients at the event included critical care paramedic Nigel Beyer from the Queensland Ambulance Service and volunteer second officer Annette Hartfiel from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, who has been an active member of the Yandaran Rural Fire Brigade since 1994.
East Rotarian Rod Medew said the event was named after Brian Prince who died in 2013 after a long illness.
"Brian was a past president of the Rotary Club as well as being past district governor of a Rotary District in New South Wales," he said.
"In his professional life Brian spent decades as a paramedic and remained passionately committed to issues to do with health and public safety."
Mr Medew said this year's recipients were a credit to each of their services and each go out of their way every day to help their local communities.